Friday, February 24, 2012

Yuksek - "Off the Wall"

Lovin' this video.  Finally someone figured out how to use the mac symmetry camera mode the right way!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Thinker of Tender Thoughts

Just found this and love it so much.  Please don't cut your flowers.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My New Work

My work explores selected memories made during my travels outside the U.S. the past four years. These memories whether embellished, diluted, or sincere remain as truths in a history. I’m interested the fine line between memory and imagination within our personal mythologies. My goal is to memorialize these events remembered. Check out my website here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Missed Connections of Sophie Blackall

Handmade Portraits: Sophie Blackall from Etsy on Vimeo.

In the spirit of Valentine's day, I find Sophie Blackall's work so sweetly romantic.  You can find her work on Etsy.  Read more missed connections along with her illustrations on her blog.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami is a contemporary Japanese artist, well known in the art and fashion world.  He blends both high in low art in his pieces. His work can be viewed anywhere from Louis Vuitton bags to the Palace of Versailles.  I love what he has to say about his exhibition shown above:
 “For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.
Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building. But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality.  So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition.  I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château.  With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.” 
Takashi Murakami

I love the contrast-yet similarity that is happening in this exhibit.  The bright colors and "pop"-iness of Murakami's work within French Baroque architecture, both so over the top some how they compliment each other.  The first photo within the Hall of Mirrors with all those crystal chandeliers surrounding his piece,  there is so much going on- it's overwelmingly good.

Sergui Isupov

Sergui Isupov is a really interesting ceramic artist.  I love his treatment of the surface, playing with the perspective and all the stories being told at the same time.  There is no limit to the figure for him.  His sculpture when blank starts one way and the surface design completely reinterprets the form.  It's like he divulges the figures secrets, turns them inside out so everything can be seen by the viewer. quite beautiful. 

Brendan Danielsson

Brendan Danielsson's drawings and paintings are so creepy!  It's hard for me to look at certain ones on his website- I was so disturbed.  ha.  But at the same time there is something in their eyes that captures you in your disgust that I strangely like.  They are so well done in their ugliness that they are really it's an accomplished good kind of  "eewWWWww".

Patrick Krzyzanowski

Patrick Krzyzanowski's series The Smell of Blood are not your typical watercolors that's for sure!  He plays with the humor in the super exaggerated machoness you find in the WWF- in these beautifully rendered watercolor painting.  The whole idea seems quite laughable - I love his humor through it all.  I think it's really strong work!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012



Pool of tears

'I wish I hadn't cried so much!' said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. 'I shall be punished for it, now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.'
Kiki Smith: Pool of Tears 2 (After Lewis Carroll), 2000.